Chinese Heritage Museum to celebrate Chinese New Year

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The University Archives & Museum, in partnership with the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum, will present a series of events to celebrate Chinese New Year.

The public is invited to attend variety of programs on Feb. 18. First, a cooking demonstration and tasting will begin at 1:30 p.m. inside Ewing Hall’s Ada Swindle Mitchell Food Lab. To reserve a ticket for the cooking event, contact University Archives ( or 662-846-4780. Each ticket is $8.

Also on Feb. 18, the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum will host an open house beginning at 2 p.m. inside the Capps Archives & Museum building. On the first floor, visit the temporary exhibit of photographs selected from the museum’s permanent collection featuring ‘man’s best friend,’ curated to support 2018’s Year of the Dog.

Enjoy complementary hot teas and almond cookies and try your hand at drawing some of the more popular Chinese characters. Stop on the second floor to tour the museum’s newest traveling exhibit, “Grocery Stor[i]es.” Supported by a major grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, the exhibit tells the stories of the lives lived behind the counters in many of the Delta’s grocery stores. The exhibit will travel to Boston, Chicago, Seattle, New Orleans, Houston and San Fransisco throughout 2018. For information on how to host the exhibit in your town, contact University Archives.

Throughout the month, in honor of the Chinese men and women who made the Mississippi Delta their homes, and in memory of the strong commitment to community engagement they instilled in their children, the museum will collect food, supplies and toys to be donated to the Cleveland Animal Shelter and Paw Prints Rescue. All collected donations will be evenly shared with these two local organizations.

“The University Archives and Museum, along with the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum, appreciate the generosity of Delta State’s QEP program and the Mississippi Humanities Council in their support of these programs and projects,” said Emily Jones, university archives. “On behalf of the MHC, these events are made possible by a grant from the MS Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibit and program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the MS Humanities Council.

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Mississippi Moments to highlight Wyatt on radio Oct. 23-27

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Mississippi Moments, a program featured on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, is highlighting the tenure of Delta State University President Emeritus Dr. Kent Wyatt daily from Oct. 23-27 on MPB stations across the state.

In today’s discussion Wyatt will discuss highlights of his Delta State presidency between 1975-1999. He will also reflect on how the school has grown since he first moved to Cleveland in 1945.

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Hosted by Bill Ellison, Mississippi Moments is produced by the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at the University of Southern Mississippi and supported by the Mississippi Humanities Council.

“We are excited that Bill Ellison and Mississippi Moments have chosen to feature Dr. Kent Wyatt on this week’s program,” said Emily Jones, Delta State archivist. “Dr. Wyatt’s story is so special to Cleveland, Delta State and the Mississippi Delta, and Mississippi Moments will feature four shorts from his oral history recorded here at DSU.”

Mississippi Moments will share Wyatt’s journey to Cleveland as the son of Forest Wyatt, who became Delta State’s football coach in 1945, his eventual enrollment at Delta State, to Wyatt becoming the university’s longest serving President from 1975-1999.

“Rarely does a person experience such a profound opportunity to serve a city, institution and region in the way Dr. Wyatt was able to here at Delta State,” Jones added. “Mississippi Moments will offer a small glimpse into the life of a man who means so much to us all.”

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DSU Archives highlighted in Delta Chinese film

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Delta State University’s Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum was recently featured in a film produced by international media outlet Al Jazeera.

The museum is housed in the Charles W. Capps Jr. Archives and promotes local heritage preservation by actively collecting oral histories, memorabilia, photographs and other artifacts that document the history of Mississippi Delta Chinese immigration and settlement.

Among those featured in the film was Frieda Quon, a retiree from Delta State’s library. Quon played a major role in establishing the museum at Delta State.

“The Untold Story Of America’s Southern Chinese” was a three-part film series by Al Jazeera that also explored Chinese immigration in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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Funding for the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum has been provided in part through the Mississippi Humanities Council, Kings Daughters and Sons Circle #2, the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum board.

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Ownby, Westmoreland and Jones to discuss “The Mississippi Encyclopedia”

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The DSU Quality Enhancement Plan, the Division of Social Sciences and History, and the DSU Archives Department will present a public presentation on “The Mississippi Encyclopedia” on Aug. 31 at noon in the seminar room of the Charles W. Capps, Jr. Archives & Museum.

The presentation will provide a concise compilation of people, places and events from prehistoric times through today.

Featured speakers include: Dr. Ted Ownby, professor of history and southern studies at the University of Mississippi and director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture; Dr. Chuck Westmoreland, associate professor of history at Delta State; and Emily Jones, Delta State archivist.

The trio will discuss Ownby’s most recent publication, “The Mississippi Encyclopedia,” a large collaboration that includes over 1,600 entries, 1,451 pages, and features more than 700 scholars who wrote entries on every state county, every governor and numerous musicians, writers, artists and activists.

The work is the first encyclopedia treatment of the state since 1907.

“I was excited when Dr. Ownby reached out to me in the spring about DSU hosting this event,” said Michelle Johansen, QEP coordinator. “Our campus and community will be amazed by the breadth of this book. I’m proud of the number of current and former DSU scholars who made valuable contributions to the encyclopedia.”

The volume will appeal to anyone wanting to know more about Mississippi and the people who call it home. It will be especially helpful to students, teachers and researching scholars.

The event will be followed by a book signing and reception.

Newman honored for campus and community contributions

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Erin Newman ’17

First attracted to Delta State’s swim program, recent graduate Erin Newman began her college career as a quiet freshman, but quickly found her voice through her passion for history.

Her professors are most impressed by her spirited discussions with both upperclassmen and instructors.

“She uses evidence to support logical arguments, proves her point in a quiet but effective manner, and often persuades others to embrace her perspective,” said Dr. Charles Westmoreland, assistant professor of history.

Given her stellar performance in the classroom, Erin has amassed a variety of academic honors at Delta State. Most recently, she was the recipient of the 2017 Jack Winton Gunn Award at this year’s College of Arts and Sciences awards program.

The Gunn Award is given for overall academic excellence in honor of the former dean of the university, and it is among the highest awards presented at Delta State.

Outside the classroom, Newman has also played an important role in preserving the history of Delta State and the surrounding region.

In the summer of 2015, she interned with University Archives and Museum, an experience which allowed her to assist in the development of the DSU 90th Anniversary Exhibit. Additionally, she has been a key contributor to two exhibits on sports history and culture, one of which was a Smithsonian traveling exhibit on display on campus in the fall of 2016.

In 2016, Newman took on extensive responsibilities in historical interpretation and preservation by serving as the program director at the Amzie Moore House Museum and Interpretive Center, a Cleveland historic site that interprets the life and legacy of civil rights leader Amzie Moore. Her work with the museum involved leading group tours and engaging in community outreach programs.

Newman, right, works with James McBride, president of the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors, and Will Hooker, Bolivar County administrator.

Newman, right, works with James McBride, president of the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors, and Will Hooker, Bolivar County administrator.

“Erin has made significant contributions to our mission to expand the legacy of Amzie Moore and the work of the civil rights movement in the Mississippi Delta,” said Will Hooker, Bolivar County administrator.

Emily Jones, university archivist, is grateful for Newman’s contributions to campus and community.

“From the beginning, Erin demonstrated initiative and a desire to learn more about the field of archive and museum studies,” said Jones. ”She has soaked up every opportunity, and now that hard work and drive is taking her down an amazing career path.”

Recently, Newman was accepted into the Museum Studies program at the University of Leicester in England, where she has been awarded a President’s Post-Graduate Scholarship for International Students.

To complement her formidable academic talents and community service, she has been a valued member of the Delta State swim team. She has served in a leadership capacity as the vice-chair of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee for the Gulf South Conference.

“Both inside and beyond the classroom, she has helped peers and younger colleagues as they seek to balance the challenges of academics and athletic competition,” added Jones. “Despite practicing several hours a day for the past four years, Erin has been one of the most accomplished students on this campus. She is a model scholar and campus citizen who has taken a vested interested in serving Cleveland and the entire region.”

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